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Senior Associate

Sarah Kuper

BA LLB(Hons) LLM(UPenn) DipLang

Wellington

P+64 4 924 3512

M+64 21 198 5262

Sarah Kuper

Sarah Kuper is a senior associate in the firm’s public law team, based in Wellington.

Sarah has acted in a wide range of commercial and public law disputes including interim injunctions, judicial reviews, government inquiries, human rights proceedings and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. She has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand and as instructing solicitor in the High Court of England and Wales and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Prior to joining Simpson Grierson in 2020, Sarah worked in specialist litigation firms in London and Auckland and as a Judge’s Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand. Sarah also spent time working at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations during New Zealand's tenure as an elected member of the Security Council. She holds a Masters of Law from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Dean’s Scholar and recipient of the LLM Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellowship in 2016. 

Examples of Work

  • Successfully defended a claim against private equity interests for over €1 billion brought by the liquidators of a Greek Telecommunications company under s423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 in the High Court of England and Wales (Hosking v Apax Partners LLP [2018] EWHC 2732 (CH))
  • Represented an Italian Pension Fund in the High Court of England and Wales bringing claims against a UK bank for conspiracy, dishonesty and negligence
  • Represented a high-net worth individual in relation to a shareholder dispute in the London Court of International Arbitration
  • Represented group claimants in a professional negligence claim against their former solicitors
  • Obtained interim relief for clients in a variety of public law and commercial proceedings
  • Provided advice and representation to the Gambling Commission in relation to its decision making functions and judicial review proceedings
  • Advised New Zealand businesses on their Privacy Act obligations and compliance
  • Advised a food safety and biosecurity company in relation to the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident
  • Provided advice to the Real Estate Agents Authority in relation to the decisions of its Complaints Assessment Committees and Tribunal
  • Advised Uber in relation to prosecutions brought against its drivers by the Police
  • Provided advice to Trustees regarding their rights to seek directions under s 66 of the Trustee Act 1956